5 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

5 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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5 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Algona
Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
End: Algona

2
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Escape the urban bustle at Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead and Yellow Mounds Overlook. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Panorama Point Overlook and Big Badlands Overlook. And it doesn't end there: hike along Notch Trail, stroll through Fossil Exhibit Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burns Basin Overlook.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Algona to Badlands National Park is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Badlands National Park when traveling from Algona in June, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, get advice or help at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, stop by Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, then explore and take pictures at Broken Boot Gold Mine, then make a trip to Deadwood Model Train, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mt Roosevelt Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Woody's Wild West, Inc, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, and then appreciate the views at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Deadwood route maker site .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in June: highs in Deadwood hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lead, Bridal Veil Falls, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
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The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

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